SOUTH EUCLID (OHIO) – West Virginia Wesleyan scored first against Notre Dame in a road Mountain East Conference clash Wednesday afternoon but wound up losing a 3-1 decision.
Wesleyan nearly took the lead in the 19th minute when Wesleyan’s Joshua Tenney had a shot that hit the crossbar and then Buhle Dlamini gathered the ball after a ricochet and fired a second shot, which was blocked by a Notre Dame defender.
Wesleyan did strike first finally in the 28th minute when Maycon Santos Dias used a free kick to find Luca Falconieri who gathered it from 35 yards out and sent a strike to the back of the net.
Just a minute later though, Notre Dame tied the contest when Niklas Bohlin scored on a free kick outside the box.
The game remained tied at 1-1 at the break.
Just two minutes into the second half, Bohlin scored on another free kick after a Wesleyan foul and sank his second goal of the game into the right side of the net.
That gave Notre Dame a 2-1 lead.
Arthur Moraes gave Notre Dame breathing room in the 87th minute when he scored on a penalty kick.
Notre Dame owned a 6-2 lead in shots-on-goal and an 8-3 margin in corner kicks.
Wesleyan’s Jeremy Collins made three saves in net while Notre Dame’s Daniele De Angleis made one stop.
Wesleyan was called for 11 fouls while Notre Dame was guilty of 17.
Notre Dame is now in second place in the MEC with a 9-2-2 conference record and a 9-3-2 overall record.
The loss dropped Wesleyan to fourth place with an 8-4-1 league mark and a 9-5-1 ledger overall.
The Bobcats will return to action Sunday when they stay in conference play with a road battle against West Liberty at 1 p.m.
West Virginia Wesleyan 1 0 – 1
Notre Dame 1 2 – 3
West Virginia Wesleyan – Luca Falconieri (Maycon Santos Dias assist), 28th minute.
Notre Dame – Niklas Bohlin (unassisted goal), 29th minute.
Notre Dame – Bohlin (unassisted goal), 47th minute.
Notre Dame – Arthur Moraes (penalty kick), 87th minute.
Shots-on-goal – West Virginia Wesleyan 2; Notre Dame 6.
Corner kicks – West Virginia Wesleyan 3; Notre Dame 8.
Fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan 11; Notre Dame 17.
Saves – West Virginia Wesleyan: Jeremy Collins 3; Notre Dame: Daniele De Angelis 1.